Rank: 9 (+13)
The Blue Jackets were pummeled by San Jose earlier in the week but bounced back for a strong win in Phoenix on Saturday, led by backup netminder Mathieu Garon.
Funny how free-agent signings like Sammy Pahlsson and Mathieu Garon don't get much attention, when they've been key to the Blue Jackets' fast start.
Rank: 5 (+2)
Rick Nash's six-point week helped Columbus take two of the three games it played. Nash collected one game-winner and three assists in the two Blue Jacket wins.
Rank: 8 (+5)
Surprisingly loose defensively, the Jackets have allowed 140 shots in four games, even with checking centre Samuel Pahlsson getting better than 18 minutes per game and shutdown defencer Jan Hejda leading the team with a plus-7.
Rank: 13 (-5)
Off to a good start on the road.
Rank: 10 (unchanged)
Columbus has spent too much time killing penalties so far. But the Jackets aren't suffering from it, shutting down opponents in 17 of their first 18 tries.
Rank: 5 (+6)
Ken Hitchcock has the Blue Jackets hitting on all cylinders defensively which you just know leaves him smiling.
Rank: 5 (+10)
It says something about improving conditions in Columbus that Steve Mason is doing nothing to enhance his Team Canada chances but the Jackets are still finding ways to win. The NHL's most smothering penalty kill has scored as many goals (one) as it has allowed and a disciplined approach with the puck (league-low 19 giveaways) means these Jackets won't beat themselves.
Rank: 8 (+3)
Random thought here, but when was the last time a team's starter and backup were both lefties?
Meta-score: 7.6 (Last week: 12.2)
High: 5 (FoxSports, Sportsnet & CNNSI)
Low: 13 (CBC)
I think this may be an all time high in the Power Rankings meta-score. Heck it could be higher as a lot of these were published even before the win against Calgary.
Not sure what the Jackets did to drop 5 spots in CBC's eyes but that's how it goes. As you can see most have the Jackets in the top 8 which is exactly where they should be based on how and where they've played.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Labels: Power rankings